Jeevan Godara murder: Didwana court acquits Anandpal’s brother, convicts 4

The court will announce quantum of punishment on March 5. Manjeet Singh, Anandpal Singh’s brother, among 11 people acquitted in the case.

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March 4, 2018, 8:07 am

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Jaipur: The court of additional district judge in Didwana town of Nagaur district on Wednesday convicted four criminals, while acquitted 11 men in connection with the broad daylight murder of Jeevan Godara in June, 2006. Those acquitted include Manjeet Singh, the brother of Anandpal Singh who was killed in a police encounter in Malasar village of Churu last year.

Sanjay Pandey, Sriballabh, Datar Singh and Pappu Singh were convicted by the court. Those who were acquitted are Manjeet Singh, Pahad Singh, Gyan Singh, Keshar Singh, Parvez, Ranjeet Singh, Megh Singh, Jassu Nath, Nagarmal, Rajendra Singh and Girdhari.

The quantum of punishment will be announced on March 5.

The heinous murder took place at Godara Market in Didwana town in broad daylight on June 27, 2006. Anandpal Singh and his aides opened fire at Jeevan Godara. Jeevan and his friend Harphool Jat were killed in the firing, while three others Gopal Jat, Pramod and Pappuram sustained bullet injuries.

The police lodged an FIR and investigated the case under the Case Officers Scheme. The accused were arrested and a chargesheet was filed against them.

Those who were named in the FIR and arrested included Anandpal Singh, Sanjay Pandey, Sriballabh, Datar Singh, Balbeer Banuda, Manjeet Singh, Pappu Singh alias Papaya, Pahad Singh, Gyan Singh, Keshar Singh, Parvej, Ranjeet Singh, Shahzad, Megh Singh, Jassu Nath, Anoop Singh, Nagarmal, Rajendra Singh, Girdhari, Kaluram, Bhanwar Singh Makaudi, Suresh Singh, Anil Nayar alias Anu Nishu Singhm Raghuveer Singh and Ashok Sharma. A total of 26 people were booked in connection with the case, according to SP, Nagaur Paras Deshmukh.

While Anandpal Singh was killed in a police encounter in Churu district last year, while Balbeer Banuda was shot dead in a firing in Bikaner Central Jail. Banuda died while trying to save Anandpal who was lodged in the same jail. Kaluram also died.

Bhanwar Singh Makaudi was discharged from Rajasthan high court. Anil Nayar and Shahzad are at large. A total of 116 people testified in the trial.

First published: February 28, 2018